From left: U.S. Navy Reserve Lt. Glenda Palomino-Nuflo stands with U.S. Air Force Capt. Alyssa Armstrong after presenting Armstrong with masks for the Al-Udeid Air Force Base in Doha, Qatar. Photo by Ozzie Hernandez

Embassy community in Qatar produces masks for service members

By Dot Dannenberg and Glenda Palomino-Nuflo

OBO breaks ground on new embassy compound in Windhoek

The U.S. Ambassador to Namibia Lisa A. Johnson held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Embassy Windhoek campus with Deputy Foreign Minister Jenelly Matundu and Windhoek Mayor Fransina Kahungu, July 23. The new embassy...
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Institutional Evolution

By Stacy D. Williams Institutional change may seem daunting, but with staff dedicated to addressing systemic challenges that have left valuable employees behind, positive change can ensue. The Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) Diversity...

Embassy Kolonia co-hosts awareness walk

In commemoration of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Embassy Kolonia partnered with the International Organization for Migration and the Federated States of Micronesia’s (FSM) Department of Justice on a community awareness walk in...
Protocol assistants and clerks on their final day of training in the 2019 Protocol Assistant Workshop, held at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Va., Sep. 20, 2019. Photo by John-Paul Schutz

The Fine Art and Science of Diplomacy

By Kimberley Morgan Salmon Although “protocol” is a system of rules that explain the correct conduct and procedures to be followed in formal situations, events rarely go as planned. This leaves the typical diplomatic protocol...

Expanding the Diplomatic Platform of Resilience

By Dave Shaffer and Peter Brukx With more than 20,000 buildings in nearly 289 different locations, the Department of State has a global platform to highlight sustainability and resilience practices that showcase American innovation and promote conservation and efficiency. The Greening Diplomacy...
No stranger to the Arctic and security issues, U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region Jim DeHart served as charge d’ affaires at Embassy Oslo. Here he delivers welcoming remarks during a shipboard reception held aboard the destroyer USS Oscar Austin in Oslo, October 2017. Oscar Austin was on a routine deployment supporting U.S. national security interests in Europe. Photo by U.S. Navy MC2 Ryan Utah Kledzik

Department announces new office focused on Arctic Region

By Hillary LeBail The Department of State formally announced that James DeHart would assume the new role of U.S. Coordinator for the Arctic Region, July 29. The announcement comes at a time when the United...

Diplomacy Across Borders

By Zennia Paganini One of the challenges for public diplomacy officers who must work outside of their host countries due to conflict and crises is walking those “last 3 feet” when it is hard to...
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GTM Diversity and Inclusion Unit

By Melissa Ledesma-Leese   To meet its diplomatic mission more effectively, the Department of State is working on a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy that will encompass strategy and action on recruitment, retention, and accountability. The...

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